Tom Nakashima
b. 1941

The Devil Came Down to Georgia, 2006
Vitreograph on Rives BFK White, Edition of 40
image size: 16 x 36"; paper size: 17 x 36"



Painter and printmaker Tom Nakashima is an internationally exhibited artist who has had over 30 solo exhibitions. His work has appeared or been reviewed in Art in America, Art Forum International, Art News, The Washington Post, The Paris Review, The Los Angeles Times The New Art Examiner and Elle Magazine.

His numerous awards include The Joan Mitchell Foundation Award for Painters and Sculptors; Award in the Visual Arts, The Southeast Center for Contemporary Art; Mid-Atlantic Virginia Art Commission Individual Artist Award (two times) and the District of Columbia Arts Commission Fellowship (three times). Nakashima's work is in the collections of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Smithsonian's American Art Museum, the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum of Rutgers University and the Nelson Fine Arts Center of Arizona State University. and other museums.

Nakashima is Professor Emeritus of the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. He is currently serving a five-year term as the William S. Morris Eminent Scholar in Art at Augusta State University in Augusta, Georgia.

Nakashima saw this Georgia storefront as a backdrop for an American folk tale. The title of the print was suggested to him by the Charlie Daniels Band song, "The Devil went down to Georgia," which spins a yarn about the Devil being bested in a fiddle contest.

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